Workshop responses: Incorporating students’ learning interests and passions
Here are some data from a workshop I did with 80 educators…
What would this look like in your school? What could / should it look like?
Here are some more positive comments from the participants:
- We enjoy celebrating out of class interests and talents
- It’s great to let students choose their own topics based on their own interests for assignments whenever possible
- Personal Finance class – students put together their own personal finance plans
- Give choices in reading, math, and writing
- Allow kids to come up with alternative assessments, as long as they apply to topic at hand
- Anytime we can personalize assignments it gives them a chance to insert their passion
And some less positive comments:
- Just because someone likes peas doesn’t mean you should feed them peas everyday. Sometimes you need to introduce something new.
- One of my high school students said all he wants to do is “party” when he is an adult. It is hard to discuss that one in class!
- Are their interests now the same interests they’ll have as an adult w/a family?
- Their interests are nothing we have to assess
- Is it the teacher’s job to motivate every student?
- The Iowa Core doesn’t really allow for students’ passions to be incorporated into the classroom
- Most of their interests are not part of the Common Core
- Curriculum demands make it difficult–too much assessing
- A number of students do not have Internet access or a computer at home.
- Many do the quickest and easiest way
What are your thoughts?